Dateline: Field of Dreams (Field #18)
The Reston Warriors started off their last game at 7:00. They were heavily favored as the Bullets were 0-5, but the Bullets came in ready to play. Matt started on the mound and looked sharp. He got the first batter to fly out to Graham in center. The next batter flied out to left where Jake made a nice catch for out two. After a single he blasted three quick strikes past the cleanup hitter. The Bullets starter then went to work and shut down the Warriors starters. Suddenly, the Warriors realized they had a battle on their hands.
Matt continued to look strong in the second as he gave up and infield hit and a single but he settled down to get three quick outs. The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead as Jake singled, Brendan singled. Marty grounded out to move the runners and Justin and Matt drilled singles to score Jake and Brendan.
Sam came on in the top of the third and had some control problems, walking two batters. Two more singles and Jordan was called in from the bullpen. Jordan shut down the rally but not before four runs had scored. The Warriors went down quietly in the third and suddenly it was 4-2 Bullets.
In the fourth, Jordan looked great as he struck out the first batter, gave up a bloop single and then induced a ground out to Marty at second and then blasted three strikes past the last batter to end the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors struck back. Marti reached on an infield error, Justin singled for his second hit of the day. Sam stood in at the plate for his first appearance of the day. The first pitch was a belt high fastball. He calmly drove it over the left field wall and Warriors fans erupted as it was suddenly a one run game. After four it was 5-4 Warriors.
In the fifth, Jordan quickly got two outs on a strikeout and a ground out to short where Marty made a nice play. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. A misplayed grounder resulted in two unearned runs for the Bullets. Jordan stayed calm and got the last out on a ground out to Brendan at second. In the bottom of the fifth the Warriors went down quickly and suddenly they were one inning away from a huge upset loss.
The team stayed calm as Jordan strolled to the mound in the sixth. Working quickly he struck out the side. Down 6-5, the Warriors came up to bat. Marty hit a hard single and stole second. Justin came up to the plate and calmly dug in. With two hits already in the game and he worked the count to one and one. The next pitch was an outside fastball and he calmly blasted it over the left field fence for the Warriors first walk-off home run of the week. Final Score: Warriors 7 Bullets 6.
Assistant Coach Grossman said, “Well our guys took this one lightly at first but we finally got into the swing of things. I think the seven inning game in the heat earlier today took a little out of us. Two comeback wins in one day. Matt and Jordan pitched a great three innings and Sam and Justin’s blasts were was huge. What an amazing day! We’ll be ready for the tournament tomorrow.
Editors Notes: The Endless Mountain Bullets finished 95th with the third best record of all 0-6 teams. They almost earned a rematch with the Warriors as they barely lost 10-8 to the Whitman Wildcats. Interestingly, had they won that game, their next game would have been with the Warriors. Reston, by virtue of going 3-3 in the first six games and having an average runs against of 9.0 was seeded 55th out of 103 teams. Had they won the two one run games they may have been seeded as high as 9th or as low as 23rd. If they had lost the two games they would have been seeded between 80th and 92nd.